Juan serves as a bridge between under-served communities and the health and social service systems. He works within the patient-centered medical home model, which embraces a team approach to chronic disease self-management. In the medical home model, Juan helps to reinforce the patient plan of care and offers assistance in navigating a complex health and human services system. He is an advocate for patients and helps bring awareness of individual and community health needs that are necessary for efficient and culturally sensitive work. He helps to identify patient’s barriers to self-management and utilizes an important skill set to connect patients to resources and advocate for successful patient outcomes.
With each patient touch, Juan completes social determinants of health screening and assesses for other physical, social, and economic barriers that may exist for patients and that might be preventing them from being able to manage their health. He can then do the important work that a CHW (Community Health Worker) does best: To connect patients to the most appropriate services and resources and help navigate access to what is needed.
The Sanford Worthington Clinic in Worthington, MN is happy to have Juan as an onsite, in-person expert for the evidence-based Juniper programs available to their patients. Providers at the clinic can make a referral to a Juniper class based on patient needs, and Juan is the local, trusted resource for contacting and completing the enrollment process for patients.
When asked what his inspiration and motivation for becoming a CHW? Juan replied:
“To help patients get the care they need and get to provide culturally appropriate health education and information help my Spanish community be healthy.”
What do you like most about your work so far?
“What I like most about my job so far is that I am learning more about the local resources in the community, and I am excited to be able to teach patients and connect them to the resources that can help them the most.”
Please Keep up all the wonderful work you do as a CHW Juan!!
Join the Alliance’s CHW Circle meeting on Wednesday, February 2nd from 3:00-4:30 pm to learn about Alzheimer’s and Dementia from the Jenna Fink at the Alzheimer’s Association®. Objectives of the meeting are to learn about the impact of Alzheimer’s; the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia; stages and risk factors; current research and treatments available for some symptoms; and Alzheimer’s Association resources.
Angela R. Fields, Community Health Worker and Leadership Graduate
Angela is a dedicated, passionate and experienced service provider, entrepreneur, mother, and grandmother. Angela credits her mother for inspiring her zest for life, her drive and ambition, and passion for being a helping professional.
Ms. Fields has over thirty years of experience in the healthcare industry. Angela received her Associates Degree in Human Services and her Community Health Worker Certification from Minneapolis Technical College. For over three decades Ms. Fields has worked as an allied health worker in the areas of Phlebotomy, Nursing Assistant, Electrocardiography, Medication Management and as a Mental Health Practitioner. Angela also has an extensive history in clinical laboratory work and in-home health care.
Angela volunteers regularly and is an active and engaged community member for the betterment of those suffering from chronic health issues, mental health diagnosis, substance use disorders and/or with those experiencing economic disparities.
Angela utilizes her talents and abilities in her role as a CHW working collaboratively with multidisciplinary care teams across the spectrum of health and social systems to provide educational, whole health services in a person-centered, culturally aware fashions to the clients she serves.
Angela is currently employed as a CHW with Trellis (formerly known as Metropolitan area agency on aging). Angela is one of the newest team members a program within /trellis called Juniper. Juniper is a network of organizations offering evidence-based programs that help people manage chronic conditions, get fit and prevent falls.
In addition to her roles with MNCHWA and Trellis/Juniper. Angela is a participant and member of the Pillsbury United Twin Cities Strategic Planning Committee and a member of Advisory committee of the Pillsbury Twin Cities CHW Hub project.
On a lighter note, in her free time Angela enjoys the simple things in life such as gardening, cooking, and avidly reading books. She loves spending time with friends and family especially her beloved grandchildren that affectionately refer to her as “Nana.”